The Lazy Low Cal Lifestyle

I’ve created a zillion (give or take) 400-calorie menus designed around real food to eat every day. You can download them for free. You choose the meals that appeal to you. You will be given the instructions to make a paper frame in which to place your menus for the week. If you so choose — and I really hope you so choose — you may purchase my Lazy Low Cal Lifestyle Cookbook with a zill— a lot of low-calorie recipes you can make. You will have constant access to this blog stuffed with information. Plus, you can ask questions and make comments and otherwise share your journey with me and other people walking the same path. You will receive the benefit of my research and curiosity about health-related topics, served with a dose of irreverence and humor. (Be prepared to hear about my other interests like my love of Broadway, fiction writing and marching band. Sometimes I digress.) You will have some fun. But you will have to change your habits. I can only open the door and shoo you down the path. You must take the steps. Luckily the steps aren’t too terribly difficult and you can dance and skip and otherwise frolic down the path as you see fit.

Sound good?

Before we get too much further, let me say that if you only want to lose weight to fit into the slinky dress, I hope you reconsider. If you’re carrying extra pounds, whether it’s 10 or 100, you might need to change your thinking. I found that when I realized I should lose weight to get healthier rather than to fit in the slinky dress, it became so much easier for me.

Put it into a different context. If you were diagnosed with cancer, you’d be aggressive in fighting it, wouldn’t you? You’d follow doctor’s orders, you’d investigate and research all your options, you’d ask for help.

Why should losing weight be any different?

You know how they tell you to put your oxygen mask on first if the plane goes down? It’s the same here. You can’t take care of anyone or anything else if you don’t first take care of yourself. And honestly? You may just find the rest of your life falls into place without any effort, once you’re healthier.

Women tend to take care of everyone but themselves, but that doesn’t do anyone any good.

One in 3 women will die from heart disease. One in 35 will die from breast cancer. One in 72 will die from ovarian cancer.

Go ahead. Read that again.

Now vow that you won’t be one of those statistics.